Avenir Museum collection feature: Designer Nancy Johnson two-piece set

The Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising at Colorado State University recently acquired a collection of garments from American designer Nancy Johnson. Representing almost two decades of Johnson’s design work from the late 1970s through the 1990s, the collection reflects evolutions in American culture and changes in the manufacturing of fashionable dress, namely the shift to overseas production. Many of Johnson’s pieces were made in India, Pakistan, and Hong Kong, where she sourced readymade textiles such as embroidered tablecloths to rework into garments.

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